November 11th, 2022

Our Mission

To provide our members with educational information and analysis on matters essential for successful operation of a solid waste management company within the State;

To provide leadership in developing and presenting approved positions of members of the solid waste management industry on public policy and regulatory issues within the State; and

To regularly provide state and local regulatory bodies and the general public with information about the effects of current and proposed regulations for the solid waste management industry and about the programs and activities of its member firms in dealing with issues of public concern regarding the health, environment and quality of life within the communities which they serve.

ORRA accomplishes its mission by researching and studying subjects of concern within the industry; by offering educational and training workshops, seminars, conferences and forums on topics of interest to its members; and by maintaining a database of significant industry information for use by its member companies and others as appropriate.

Sustainability Policy

As adopted by the ORRA Board of Directors March 9, 2006

Sustainability Definition

ORRA supports the definition of Sustainability adopted by the State of Oregon: “Sustainability” means using, developing and protecting resources in a manner that enables people to meet current needs and provides that future generations can also meet future needs, from the joint perspective of environmental, economic and community objectives. [ORS 184.421 (4)]

Sustainability in the Solid Waste System:

ORRA believes that the sustainable operation of the solid waste system considers economic, environmental and Community resources and impacts. Therefore, ORRA supports the following sustainable practices:

  1. Looking for opportunities for greater energy efficiency.
  2. Looking for opportunities to reduce emissions from collection vehicles.
  3. Working with local governments to reduce waste.
  4. Continuing to implement programs that improve worker health and safety and improve collection efficiency.
  5. Supporting a quality work environment for all employees.
  6. Promoting community service.

Supporting sustainable efforts by others in our communities.

ORRA Stands United Against Racial Violence and Injustice

Oregon Refuse & Recycling Association (ORRA) denounces the senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others. We know that this moment in history calls for self-reflection and for committing to doing things differently. No person should live in fear—we stand united with all people of color in calling for justice and accountability. To this end, we commit ourselves to doing our own hard and intentional work to be more inclusive, to assessing our own biases, to listening, and to fostering an industry where people of color can thrive.

ORRA will continue this commitment and will offer more opportunities to engage in learning, education and training. We will continue to reach out and listen in the communities that we serve.